Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

The perk of expanding my food blogger friend circle (A LOT) this year is quite obviously even more fabulous recipes. I seem to have only put one solitary booze recipe on here so far, so let’s spice things up a little bit with a little eggnog, shall we? Eggnog in the C family house is definitely non-boozed, mostly because it’s served at breakfast, but as we all know, breakfast with booze is just brunch. So let’s bring on the booze and eggnog for the holidaze!! Coming at you with this wonderful recipe is my friend Maris, blogger extraordinaire at In Good Taste, mom to the cutest little love nugget of a dog I’ve ever seen, and all-around amazing person.

This recipe is super easy, but don’t think you don’t have to stop by to visit Maris’s site for the full instructions. There’s no way you can get it quite as perfect as she does without the full set of instructions!!

Salted Caramel Eggnog

Salted Caramel Eggnog

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart dairy eggnog or homemade eggnog chilled (4 cups)
  • 1 bottle Chila ‘Orchata Cinnamon Cream Rum
  • 1 cup Salted Caramel Coffee Creamer
  • Caramel sauce for glass rim
  • Sugar for glass rim
  • Ground cinnamon and nutmeg, for garnish

For the full recipe with instructions, visit Maris at In Good Taste!

Holiday Eggnog

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But do you know how much I love Lambrusco? It’s a sparkly semi-sweet Italian red wine that’s perfect for basically all occasions, but (in my humble opinion) is grossly underrated. Thank goodness for the wonderful and totally lovely Kit Graham of The Kittchen. She’s got us covered with THE perfect Lambrusco Sangria with amazing seasonal ingredients, and I, frankly, can’t think of anything better to serve for the holidaze!

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Lambrusco Sangria

  • 1/2 of a Granny Smith Apple
  • 1 Tangerine
  • 1/3 cup Whole Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/3 cup Brandy
  • 1 bottle Dry Lambrusco, chilled
  • Ice

For the full recipe and instructions, you must visit Kit over at The Kittchen!!

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Here we are, ten days into December, and I’m still blogging. Yes, even I am shocked, but it’s been so fun! I’ve been having the best time featuring some of Chicago’s best bloggers on Dining at my Desk!

Today we have Hilary of Embellishmints, with an amazing white chocolate crunch Christmas popcorn. With very few ingredients required, this should be an easy and pretty snack to have for your holiday guests. 

Christmas Popcorn

Christmas Crunch White Chocolate Popcorn

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup popping popcorn kernels, or 2 bags tender white popcorn
  • 1 {10 oz} vanilla bark
  • 1-1/3 cups broken pretzel pieces
  • 1 {12 oz} bag green and red Mint M&M’s
  • Red, green and white sprinkles {Nonpareils add a fun crunch}

Thanks to Hilary for this awesome recipe. Visit her awesome blog, Embellishints, for the full recipe, and enjoy! 

Christmas Crunch White Chocolate Popcorn

Christmas Crunch White Chocolate Popcorn

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There is a famous saying floating around my house that “if you do something two or more years in a row, then it’s a tradition.” Well, kiddos, this is the FIFTH year I’m bringing you a recipe a day all month of December, making it a clear-cut tradition…until I predictably fizzle out around December 11, because, let’s face it, blogging is a lot of work (and I’d rather be eating cheese popcorn and watching Lifetime Christmas movies. Did I ever tell you my hopes and dreams of writing the next great American…Lifetime Christmas movie?! It all starts with the main character breaking up with her loser boyfriend, and throwing a handful of glitter in the air, and promptly falling down the stairs. I haven’t gotten much further than that, but please, please, future producers, it MUST be shot in the blazing summer where the trees are beautiful and green, the grass is unabashedly alive, the birds are chirping, and my actors are sweating their a$$es off in down coats, hats and mittens without the slightest hint of a chill in the air – thx.)

Ok, so I’m back this year, blogging at you every day until I inevitably grow tired of the whole affair. This year has seen it’s fair share of ups and downs for me, but one of the things I’m excited to tell you is that I can cook….kind of…without a microwave sometimes, even. My blog wife (it’s serious, guys) is this amazing human who travels around the world, and then cooks it, too, and in her spare time, patiently teaches me how to dice onions, de-bone chickens for stock, and pours me a LOT of wine.

Chrissy, aka, The Hungary Buddha is bringing you the first of the holidaze recipes today. I asked her to share her favorite Christmas goodie with me, and this is what turned up in my email – Caramel Nut Crunch.

Caramel Nut Crunch

You know, as much as I love her boozy cooking sessions, I think even I could pull this one off in the comfort of my own home (with my own booze, naturally). It looks pretty easy, and if you read her blog post, you’ll find out that this recipe reminds her of her Grandpa.

With no further ado, let’s get this show on the road:

Caramel Nut Crunch

Ingredients:
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup Beehive Golden Corn Syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 cups Cheerios
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • ½ cup sliced or slivered almonds

Instructions:

You’ll have to visit The Hungary Buddha’s website to read how to make this, but trust me, you’ll love it over there.

Caramel Nut Crunch

Caramel Nut Crunch

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